Obsessed: Do Whatever It Takes to Lose Weight
So lately you’ve been obsessed with losing some weight and toning up….and you’re willing to do whatever it takes to lose weight. There are lots of routes you can take to becoming active. You could:
- get a new gym membership
- hire a personal trainer
- join a boot camp
- join a Meetup group
Each of these are viable options, but one thing you want to avoid is “overtraining”.
What is Overtraining?
Overtraining simply means the exercise regimen is doing more damage (physical and psychological) than good.
Common signs of overtraining:
- Decreased performance
- Loss of appetite
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Increased injuries
Working out twice a day
“Two-a-days” are definitely not recommended. These should only be done in preparation for an event. Athletes themselves can only do these for a few weeks at a time because they require so much in terms of nutrition and recovery.
They train under the supervision of strength and conditioning coaches, have an endless supply of food and sleep all day to recover. If you work a 9-5 it would be hard to get the nutrition and recovery you need to sustain this type of training.
Training more than 5 days a week
I see this a lot. Even though I run a boot camp that is offered 5 days a week I don’t recommend this to people over a long period of time. It may get you fast results initially, but it could lead to wear and tear on the body…especially if you’re not getting the necessary sleep and nutrition.
It’s not uncommon for me to tell someone to take a break or come to less sessions to allow themselves time to recover between workouts. Doing whatever it takes to lose weight doesn’t have to mean you become obsessed.
Along with that, training more than 5 days a week is hard to maintain over the course of a few years. It becomes a lot like dieting where if you miss a day or two you feel as though you’ve failed. You never want to feel that.
If you’ve hit a plateau
Switch up your regimen. If you’ve been doing a lot of cardio, start incorporating some strength training. If you’re already strength training, change up the equipment or formats. Try some high intensity interval training (HIIT).
If you’ve been doing conventional strength training or exercises (you know 3 sets of 10 here…3 sets of 10 there) try to inject some cross-fit type circuits into your regimen. Try an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) workout.
Put more emphasis on your nutrition! Spend a week logging everything you eat to see where your opportunities are. Maybe you’re not eating enough. Maybe you’re not eating enough protein. Maybe you’re taking in too many carbs. There are free apps out there that will help you with your nutrition. I recommend one HERE!
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